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Emily Tapp sets sights on Paralympic Games gold

15 September 2018 2:39 AM
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Another gold medal and a plate full of pancakes later, paratriathlete Emily Tapp has set her sights on finally becoming a Paralympian.

The Canberra-based athlete won gold in the ITU world paratriathlon grand final on the Gold Coast on Saturday, marking a successful comeback from bilateral half-tunnel release surgery on her wrists.

Now the Commonwealth Games silver medallist has set her sights on the Paralympic wheelchair category ahead of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, after burns ruled her out of the 2016 Games.

"I feel like I’m the athlete I wanted to get back to being, post surgery and my coaches believed in me more than I could when I couldn’t," Tapp said.

"It is better than the first win, this is unbelievable; my season maybe hasn’t been where I’ve wanted to be, or I haven’t been the athlete I’ve wanted to be so I felt like this race was redemption.

"This is the race I knew I wanted to hit. I didn’t think the road to recovery would be this turbulent. It has made me a better athlete and where I am now and has really helped me focus and I’m looking forward to 2020.

"The family can come and enjoy pancakes with me which is all I’ve been wanting for this past week… there will be nothing left."

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Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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